As some of you may know, I recently auditioned for Shakespeare in the Park. I've always loved acting, and wanting to pursue it professionally, but was talked out of it (because "nobody can make a living as an artist").
I had my monologues memorized, my blocking roughed out, but there was one problem....
I didn't have a headshot.
A headshot is one of those requirements of actors. It's what you hand the casting director, along with your acting resume, so they have a visual reminder of you when they're trying to recall who was the best during auditions. A headshot is something that is supposed to show the real you- personality, energy, and all. And I had less than a week to get one.
Shiree Collier worked quickly and efficiently, transforming my blotchy skin to smooth, radiant, even-toned flesh. Believe me when I say this is not easy- I have super dry skin that tends to absorb makeup, even after I've moisturized and applied a primer. She gave me a supremely subtle natural look that also made my eyes pop.
I would love to have been painted in wild high-fashion style by her, but the goal was to make me look as natural as possible. And she did it! And while she worked, we chatted- about her life in New Zealand, her Wonder Woman obsession, her kids, and her job. I can't apply mascara without making funny faces, but Shiree made me stunning without missing a beat.
Christian, and his wife Amber, were amazing to work with. Friendship aside, they were personable, warm, inviting, and calm. I felt totally at ease in the photography studio. Their setup allowed us to take regular breaks and review the shots we'd gotten. Between that and Amber's pose/expression feedback, we got 140 amazing shots in just a few hours.
Christian has an eye for great moments! I felt like a diva model during the whole time. It was a blast! I would absolutely do this as a profession, if it were always this fun!
The long and the short is- Christian Carroll Photography and Shiree Collier Makeup and Hair are two Seattle-based companies that I highly recommend to anyone. Whether you're needing a headshot, or wedding/engagement photography, or family reunion photos, or band photos, or doing a fashion show, or just want to feel like someone famous and pampered and gorgeous....you should check them out!
(These are just a few of the many shots we got. You can tell I was giggling a lot during it- being told I'm photogenic does that to me.)
I received no compensation for this review- I just had to sing their praises after such a great experience with both pros!
However, if you do hire either of them, feel free to tell them Beth sent ya.
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